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HOUSTON – An 18 wheeler accident occurred on Wednesday, May 9, when a semi truck carrying an unsecured load overturned on the East Loop in Houston, Texas.

Photo shows overturned big rig in Houston truck accident on East Loop on May 9, 2012

The accident happened on Wednesday evening at about 8 p.m. as the 18-wheeler was making its way onto an East Loop entrance ramp near Manchester Street.

A small amount of diesel fuel leaked out of the overturned semi truck, but was able to be cleaned up by work crews. The freeway ramp had to be shut down for several hours.

The Houston police told the media that they be believe the semi truck flipped when the truck’s heavy load unexpectedly shifted causing the entire truck to overturn. Police said the unsecured load and high speed caused the accident.

No one injuries were reported at the time of the accident.

The incident remains under investigation at this time.

News Source: Click2Houston.com

Houston truck accident lawyer, Gordon, Elias & Seely, says that an overloaded truck or one that is traveling down the road with an unsecured load is a dangerous and deadly hazard. If the center of gravity is off by even a small amount, that truck could tip over and land on the car next to them. Truck drivers and trucking companies are accountable for their negligence in loading the trailer or flatbed of a commercial truck. They must exercise the highest standards of safety, particularly when a load contains hazardous or volatile material.

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